Kerala Style Chicken Roast

All set for Easter?  This year, we are celebrating Easter at home in Kerala. This is the first time we are celebrating Easter with family after our wedding. Btw, if you are wondering how I ended up in Kerala, again so soon, that’s another story. I’ll tell you about it in the next post. I know you are busy now and not in a mood to listen to my stories ;) So here’s a chicken dry roast recipe. I don’t have step by step pics for this one.  I made it some time ago and was planning to post on some special occasion. Look’s like now is the time….

We wish you a very happy Easter with your loved ones! May the risen Christ bless you and your family!

Here is the recipe…

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Chicken Dry Roast
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Kerala Style Chicken Roast

How to make Kerala style chicken dry roast. A simple chicken recipe, slow-cooked with spices and masala. Goes well with rice, pulao & roti.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Keyword: Chicken Curry, Chicken roast, Indian chicken roast, kerala style chicken roast
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kg Chicken (cut into medium size pieces)

For Marination

  • 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Grated ginger & garlic (each)
  • Salt

For Masala

  • 1 cup Pearl onion (sliced (measured before slicing))
  • 4 medium Onion (sliced finely)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 tbsp Grated ginger & garlic (each)
  • 1.5 tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper powder
  • 1/2 – 3/4 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Meat masala (I used Eastern)
  • 1 med – big Tomato (sliced)
  • 1 medium Potato (cubed (refer notes))
  • 1 cup Water
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil / ghee
  • Curry leaves

Instructions

  • Marinate the cleaned chicken pieces with ingredients listed under ‘for marination’ and keep aside.
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  • Heat oil in a pan and add sliced pearl onions. Cook till it changes color slightly.
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  • Add finely sliced onions and cook till it turns a dark brown color.
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  • Add grated/crushed ginger and garlic and cook till the raw smell goes, around 2-3 mins. Add all masala powders and fry till oil starts appearing around 2 mins.
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  • Add sliced tomato, salt, curry leaves and mix well. Cook till tomato becomes soft.
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  • Add cubed potato (refer notes) and marinated chicken pieces. Mix well. Cook for 5 mins.
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  • Add water. Let it boil. Reduce the flame and cover and cook till the chicken is done. This dish doesn't have gravy. Chicken pieces should be coated well with the masala.
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  • Serve hot with pulao, ghee rice, fried rice etc;

Notes

I’ve added more onions than the usual qty for this recipe. I cooked the onions till they are caramelised and have a very dark brown colour, but make sure you dont burn them. I cooked them on low flame. If you are using a fatty chicken, reduce the qty of water for cooking accordingly. Instead of adding potato along with chicken, half boil the potato and cut them into wedges. Fry them till it turns golden brown. Garnish the dry chicken roast with fried potato wedges. Since the chicken is already marinated with salt, be careful while adding salt to the gravy.
If you are in a mood to indulge, use ghee for cooking and also use fried potatoes.
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      • I did not get a notification for your reply and hence the delay in replying …

        I’m good! And beef and kaya kalakki or atleast, that was my husbands verdict …. :) Dunno if I’ve told u, but I’m a veggie! So, how was easter ? It’s nice that your at home… :) :)

        • no probs dear :) Nice to know that kaya and beef was liked by your husband. My thanks to him :) I didnt know you were a veggie! That’s so sweet of you too cook non veg for your husband, I should say, loving wife ;)

          Easter was good dear.

          Take care,
          Maria

  • happy easter maria.enjoy with family in kerala.this time my menu is already set with ur chicken biriyani.so will try this next week.take care

  • Happy Easter Maria..Thank u for posting this recipe in this important day (Easter) ,that itself shows ur sincerity n love for us..GOD BLESS U n ur fly…wil try this recipe soon..

  • Hi Maria,
    Thanks very much for posting this recipe. This one really saved Easter day for us. I kind of improvised(yeah right) on the recipe because chicken was about 3 kilos. My wife told me this is the type of dish that gets served in marriage banquets and she could not stop eating. Even my daughter couldn’t stop eating ( it is not a big deal for her, but for this much spiciness she really had a go at it). It was so good even after my lunch nap, I couldn’t get it out of my head. It has been a long time I felt so confident in cooking.

    Again, thanks very much for such a delightful recipe!

    In the movie, “Marykkundoru Kunjadu”, Dileep says that “after seeing the movie he directed, he stood out of so much respect to himself”. Yeah, I kind of felt like that! :-)

    Regards
    Joson

    • Hi Joson,

      I should say your comment is my Easter gift! Thank you very much for trying this as part of your Easter menu. I’m so happy that your family also enjoyed it very much. Btw, I liked that part abt marykundoru kunjadu ;) Great going, keep it up!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Maria!

    I just made this and it’s toooo yummy!! 
    Had it with phulkas and everybody loved it!

    You’re the star! Thank you so much for posting such awesome recipes! :)

    Love,
    Ajna

  • Hi Maria

    Hope you had a wonderful Easter.

    It is my second comment here in marias menu. Again, Not bcoz I cudnt find good recipes here, just i’m too lazy. This time we really had a Marias Menu easter. With Kallappam and Chicken Stew – both the recipes are rented from your collection. i have used this chicken stew recipe a dozen times before and everytime it was a hit. Very simple and very very tasty. Also for lunch your chicken roast was the highlight. We all loved it !!!

    Thank you !!!

    • Hi Lisa,

      We had a good Easter! Really nice to know that MM was a part of your Easter celebrations, thank you very much dear :) 

      Thanks again for trying the recipes from here. 

      Take care,
      Maria

  • Hello Maria,

    I made this chicken dry roast for Christmas last year and it was a real hit. All your recipes remind me of the way my granny n mum used to cook back in Kerala. Thank you for the lovely recipe :))

  • Hi Maria,

    Though I’ve visited your blog several times, this is the first time I’m actually writing a comment. In fact, you’ve inspired me so much that i have actullay started my own blog. I even cooked this particular dish yesterday and dedicated it to you! My blog is titled Neetu’s Tasty Treats and the address is neetustastytreats.blogspot.com. Do drop by and leave your feedback. BTW, do you know Sheetal Peter? She’s my first cousin. Small world, eh :)

    Regards,

    Neetu Alan

    • Hi Neetu,

      Thanks a bunch for your lovely comment dear! I’m really excited to know that this little space was an inspiration for you :)

      I did visit your blog and you are doing a good job, keep going! Nice to know that you are Sheetal’s cousin :)

      Happy blogging!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • hi maria!!!
    thanx a lot for this superb recipe..i guess the caramelised onions added a good punch for the taste ….. i always lik to try diff chicken recipes and this made a real good one..
    once again thank u… and keep postin more

    • Hi Rhea,

      yeah the browning of onions is an imp step in this recipe. I’m happy that you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks a lot for trying them and also for the comment :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Hi Rhea,

      yeah the browning of onions is an imp step in this recipe. I’m happy that you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks a lot for trying them and also for the comment :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hey Maria , I made this dish twice and my guests really loved it. After marinating the chicken with the spices, I shallow fried it in oil before proceeding to the actual cooking. Thanks for this great recipe. Best Regards,
    Mary

    • Thank you very much Mary! It’s a pleasure to know that your guests enjoyed this dish. Shallow frying the dish, sounds nice. I’m sure it must have given an extra punch to the dish :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria…

    I tried this chicken roast n it turned out to be really gud!!!!Even my hubby liked it sooo much,thanks a lot …….Though im a admirer of your site,this is the first time im trying out a receipe…..hope u remember me…we met in lulu weeks back…so keep up the gud work…now im quite excited to try out other receipes too!!! Regards Sherin….

    • Hi Sherin,

      How are you? Yeah, I do remember you :) Thanks a lot for trying the recipe, glad you liked it. Hope you get to try other recipes too and like them too…

      Take care,
      Maria

  • Please come out with your book soon. I would want to have the convenience of flipping through your cookbook on a weekend and preparing one of these delicacies.

  • Hi Maria,

    I am Aarthi. I had earlier tried the chicken stew you had posted and now this chicken dry roast. Must say you have real good skill in writing out recipes. Both came out really well. Do continue the good work you are doing. Your website and recipes are something that I look forward to during every weekend. And yes….do go ahead and write a cook book, I am sure it will be a top seller :-)

    • Hi Aarthi,

      Thank you so much dear for your wonderful comment :) I’m really happy to hear that you look forward for the recipes posted here, thanks again!

      Hopefully, someday the cook book works out :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hiiii maria,tried your chicken dry roast.It was wonderful….do keep sending new recipe mails…thank you …hope you are doing well….wish you a happy Xmas and new year……..

    • Hi Sudha,

      Great to know that this recipe worked well for you. Thanks a lot dear for the comment :)

      Thanks for your wishes and wish you too a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • thanks maria for this wonderful recipe..i tried it out n came jus like the picture u put…generally i try my best to get dark brown (chocolate color) chicken curry..n this worked out after many attempts.:):)…can u tel me the general way to get deep brown chicken curry wat do we add to get dat?

  • Hi Maria,

    This one came out so well and every one loved it. Last three weekends i tried your recipes and all of them was a hit. First week i tried Palappam and Fish molly. Second week Kallappam and chicken Mappas. And this weekend Chicken Dry Roast. When i tell that the recipe is from “Marias Menu”, all at home says ” yeah? then its gonna be good”. Now i am in search for a recipe for next week. Sure that i am going to find something from your blog only.

    So, here goes a big thanks to you. (In between, even i wanted to ask you whether Mariya’s Pickles belongs to you. But i got the answer from your blog last week :) ).

    Regards,
    Simi

  • Hi Maria,

    This one came out so well and every one loved it. Last three weekends i tried your recipes and all of them was a hit. First week i tried Palappam and Fish molly. Second week Kallappam and chicken Mappas. And this weekend Chicken Dry Roast. When i tell that the recipe is from “Marias Menu”, all at home says ” yeah? then its gonna be good”. Now i am in search for a recipe for next week. Sure that i am going to find something from your blog only.

    So, here goes a big thanks to you. (In between, even i wanted to ask you whether Mariya’s Pickles belongs to you. But i got the answer from your blog last week :) ).

    Regards,
    Simi

    • Simi dear, thanks a bunch for your wonderful comment! I’m really happy that this place is a part of your weekend cooking :)

      Please do convey my special regards to all at home :)

      Take care,
      Maria

    • Simi dear, thanks a bunch for your wonderful comment! I’m really happy that this place is a part of your weekend cooking :)

      Please do convey my special regards to all at home :)

      Take care,
      Maria

  • La ricetta è ottima…Ma il condimento è troppo piccante ! I think the right mix is with less chil.
    Maria sei storica… Continua cosí!!!
    Hi Maria this is from my Italian friend ,we made this dish with out karivepilai and was awesome,thank you so much for your great receipt.

  • La ricetta è ottima…Ma il condimento è troppo piccante ! I think the right mix is with less chil.
    Maria sei storica… Continua cosí!!!
    Hi Maria this is from my Italian friend ,we made this dish with out karivepilai and was awesome,thank you so much for your great receipt.

  • La ricetta è ottima…Ma il condimento è troppo piccante ! I think the right mix is with less chil.
    Maria sei storica… Continua cosí!!!
    Hi Maria this is from my Italian friend ,we made this dish with out karivepilai and was awesome,thank you so much for your great receipt.

  • Made this dish 3 times for guests ..And everytime it was a hit..i got a lot of compliments for this recipe and i made sure everyone knew about this blog..thank you and keep posting

  • Made this dish 3 times for guests ..And everytime it was a hit..i got a lot of compliments for this recipe and i made sure everyone knew about this blog..thank you and keep posting

  • hi maam last sunday i tried this one and it came out really well…i dnt hv much experience in coking bt this site has helped me alot to cook non veg dishes..i tried nadan chicken curry n podi masala recipe vch i did with mutton…all were soo tasty n my hubby njoyed all them..nw i m feeling confident in non veg cookg too as i ot a new buddy “MARIAS MENUE”..this site is a great help for beginners lik me..thanks a ton maam…

    • Hi Manju,

      Thank you so much dear :) I’m so happy that you find the non veg recipes here interesting!

      Hope you get to try more recipes and like them too..

      Btw, please call me Maria :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria, I tried out this receipe last week.. it was awsmmmm…. my husband lovdd it :) soo happy to msgg u dea. Thanx a lot for ths receipe.

    Triya :)

  • thanks for d recipe maria..i tried it out n it came out really nice.. though i made a few changes like i fried the marinated chicken prior to adding it to d gravy. this dish really made my day..thanks a lot..blogs like dese r a saviour for ppl like us who r living away frm home and crave for a good home made naadan dish..keep up d good rk

  • Hi Maria,

    Please let me know what is pearl onion.

    I like your blog very much and tried your cookies and cake receipes and came out really awesome. Now i wanna try your chicken recipes.

    Thank you dear and keep going…

  • Hi Maria,
    Your presentation is really great. Have tried Eggless Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Frosting form your blog. It came out really well. Soo yummy.

    Would like to try out the non veg recipes. Please let me know if the Garam Masala used in the above recipe is store bought. If not, can you please share the recipe for Garam Masala.

    Thanks
    Arya

    • Hi Arya,

      Thank you so much :) Good to know that you like the eggless vanilla cupcake.

      I use homemade garam masala mostly, but the thing is I dont have a recipe as such. I just take cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, fennel seeds and star anise. Dry roast it and powder it. I dont have any specific measurement as such. hopefully, sometime I’ll measure it out correctly and share the recipe here..

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Thanks a lot Maria. Normally the store bought Garam Masala has coriander, cumin and nutmeg too alongwith the ones you mentioned (Melam brand). So I just wanted to know the right ingredients of it before trying out the non-veg recipes.Thank you so much.

        Arya

  • hi maria..i’m new to this world of cooking..i tried dis recipe without potatoes last week and it came out well..my husband liked it very much…thanks dear..:)

  • I tried your moru katchiathu, and now tried this one. First time in my life I cook a non veg item, it came out so to say not bad only thing it took more than two hours to cook, but I am a novice, (wife is not here) ,that is why it such a long time. Thanks a lot, will try again, hopefully it will come out super. The previous dishes I tried came out lip smacking. Once again , thanks Maria.

  • Maria,
    I tried,my hand on chicken roast again, and it turned out good. (My wife certified it is presentable on dining table).To me that means super,Thanks Maria

  • Hi Maria. Thanks for the great post. Have couple questions. Don’t you add cocunut milk for the roast ? and why should we put potato in the roast ? will it be good ?

    • Hi,

      You are welcome! In this particular recipe, I didnt use coconut milk, but I’ve used it in a different chicken roast recipe. Also, there is no particular reason for adding potato, I just added it and we liked it :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria, tried this recipe today and came out really good..my husband loved it..can’t wait to try out some of your fish recipes..thanks a lot ?

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